AFC Telford last season managed to escape relegation and remain in the National League North to fight another day.\r\n\r\nA side who have yo-yo’d from the National League in recent years, next season’s Shropshire opponents will be relieved that they will make it back down to take on Tim Harris’ side.\r\n\r\nFormed in 2004 following the demise of Telford United, they were placed in the Northern Premier League Divison One, and made their way back up the non-league pyramid fairly quickly.\r\n\r\nThe Bucks won the National League North title in 2014, which is surprising to see them finish a point away from the drop zone last season, but this year they will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign.\r\n\r\nOver the summer they have had both ins and outs, including this week losing centre-half Curtis Tilt to National League side Wrexham, however they have been able to bolster their ranks with former Altrincham man Sean Williams.\r\n\r\nThey have also managed to sign Callum Gittins from recently relegated Kidderminster Harriers as well as 20-year old Michael Monaghan who scored 22 goals for Burscough last term.\r\n\r\nAs for head to head, we have met the old Telford United four times between 1969 and 1971 with a win each and two draws.\r\n\r\nWe’ve of course me the current AFC Telford a few times in recent years. We met during City’s first season in the National League North in the 2009/2010 season, with both sides picking up a 1-0 victory over the two matches.\r\n\r\nThe following season saw a win and a draw for the Bucks as they won promotion to the National League, remaining there for two years before relegation in 2013.\r\n\r\nTelford dominated the head-to-head statistics, however last season Gloucester won both home and away evening up the statistics.\r\n\r\nThey have as mentioned made additions to the squad, who join the likes of James Hurst at the New Bucks Arena. Hurst began life with Portsmouth and has played the Premier League and Football League with the likes of Blackpool, Birmingham City and West Brom.\r\n\r\nStriker Josh Wilson re-signed in February and scored seven goals to help the side remain in the league, and he could be a vital player next season for the club and the one to watch, as the Bucks try to finish at the right end of the table next season.\r\n\r\nOne of the shorter journey’s away next season, we look forward to visiting the Bucks once again next term.

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